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Feldkamp earns Eagle Scout award Nicholas J. Feldkamp, son of Doug and Mechelle Feldkamp of Roseburg, has achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Boy Scouts. Eagle Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges and Nic has 24. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was March 8 at the Riversdale Grange and the award was presented by
Published: April 14, 2014
Hard-boiled searchers hope it won’t be overly easy to find easter eggs stashed away for hunts next weekend. There will be many egg hunts in Douglas County, including the following: Friday, April 18 Callahan Village Easter Egg Hunt — 6 p.m., 1801 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. Four age groups for children 12 and younger. Get a pet picture with the
Published: April 12, 2014
A group raising money for a campground at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park has almost reached its goal of $65,000, virtually ensuring Douglas County won’t log in the park to finance the camp. The Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park announced today it received a $10,000 grant from the Whipple Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The group’s treasurer, Midge
Published: April 11, 2014
Part of our mission at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute is to provide wine industry outreach. This May we will be presenting a technical symposium on the topic of wine yeast, so I thought it might be interesting to discuss this magnificent organism. Yeasts are unicellular microscopic organisms, and the yeast species domesticated by humans are important because they metabolize
Published: April 8, 2014
Scottish Industry — The Douglas County Scottish Society will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5:30 tonight at Rebekah Lodge, 715 Cass Ave., Roseburg. The event will be a celebration of Celtic tradition complete with a green cheesecake dessert. Historian Charles Lamb will discuss St. Patrick’s Day. Dinner is $5. 541-673-1744. it’s already APRIL — Canadian old-time fiddler
Published: March 21, 2014
Late in 2012, “Marimba” Mike Smith embarked on a mission. He would be the first person to record Christmas classic “The Nutcracker Suite” on solo marimba. The large, keyed wooden percussion instrument was a natural fit to tell the story of the wooden toy soldier. “There’s just something about the way it sounds,” he said of the result. Smith is
Published: March 20, 2014
September 29, 1942 - March 13, 2014 She was born in Salt Lake City, UT, to Don and Betty Fexer. Toni grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a true Valley Girl before Valley Girls were invented. She attended Van Nuys High School and Valley College. Although she had several jobs throughout her life, her proudest accomplishment was
Published: March 18, 2014
Floats, firetrucks, horses and a grand marshal in front in a classic car. The Downtown Roseburg Association is finalizing plans for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be a first for the city and, according to organizers, the state. Association Executive Director Roxana Grant said she hopes it will become Roseburg’s second recurring parade, after the Veterans Day Parade.
Published: March 13, 2014
MarshAnne Landing Winery will host a woodwind quintet from the Willamette Valley at 3 p.m. March 16 at 175 Hogan Road, Oakland. Asculta! will play arrangements from Stravinski, D’Rivera and Janacek. Tickets are $30. Information: 541-459-7998.
Published: March 12, 2014
Portland musician Michael Charles Smith will perform two shows in Douglas County this month. At 6 p.m. March 21, he’ll play at Linus Oakes Retirement Village at 2665 Van Pelt Blvd. His second show will be at 1 p.m. March 23 at Abacela Winery, 12500 Lookingglass Road. Both shows are free. Smith is a Roseburg High School graduate and percussionist
Published: March 11, 2014
FRIDAY SOWI WINE TASTING — Noon to 6 p.m., Lang Event Center, Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Sample wines are produced by students in UCC’s viticulture and enology programs. There is a $5 fee to sample up to five wines. The tasting fee will be waived with any bottle purchase; bottles range in price from $11 to
Published: March 4, 2014
Winners of the Greatest of the Grape celebration that took place Saturday at Seven Feathers Casino Resort will be announced in the March 11 edition of Umpqua Food and Harvest. The annual food and wine pairing this year featured the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The results of the evenings competitions,
Published: March 4, 2014
After the adventure of living in Flagstaff, Ariz., for a couple years and starting a naturopathic medicine clinic there, Drs. Carrie Norris and Ryan Sweeney were ready to return to Oregon. In early January, the two naturopathic physicians opened a new clinic, Two Rivers Integrative Medicine, in Roseburg at 1243 S.E. Douglas Ave. Sweeney explained that integrative medicine involves conventional
Published: March 3, 2014
Beyond Bed and Bath — This weekend is the three-day Douglas County Home and Garden Show. Doors will be open at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 per person with $1 off with a canned food donation. 541-673-3711. A
Published: February 28, 2014
The Umpqua Valley’s annual food and wine pairing event, Greatest of the Grape, takes place March 1, at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. The gathering features the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The wine and food showcase starts at 7 p.m. Live music will be performed by
Published: February 27, 2014
The Umpqua Valley’s annual food and wine pairing, Greatest of the Grape, takes place March 1 at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. The gathering features the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The wine and food showcase starts at 7 p.m. at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, off Interstate 5’s Exit 99. Live music
Published: February 25, 2014
Cities and towns often put a lot of thought and energy into the image its residents want to project. In Douglas County, there are a dozen incorporated communities. None wants to be considered interchangeable with others. Winston has put out banners to identify with its main tourist attraction, Wildlife Safari. Reedsport touts its connection to the coast. Canyonville is known
Published: February 25, 2014
IDLEYLD PARK — Back in the early days of the Guest Chef & Winemaker Dinner Series, Patricia Lee did the wooing. “I’d be cold calling and almost pleading with chefs to come,” recalled Lee, who co-owns Steamboat Inn with Jim and Sharon Van Loan. It’s different now. “Now I have chefs calling Steamboat, because they’ve heard about it and they
Published: February 25, 2014
CANYONVILLE Wine and food gala set to go Tickets are available for the Umpqua Valley’s annual food and wine pairing, Greatest of the Grape, which takes place March 1 at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. The gathering features the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The wine and food showcase starts at 7
Published: February 18, 2014
CANYONVILLE — When spring rolls around, Bruce and Joanne Gordon feel renewed. The couple are energized by their own plantings as vegetables, herbs and flowers at their home greenhouses sprout from the soil and seek the warmth of the sun. Those plants are then transported to their business, Commonwealth Garden & Gift Shoppe in Canyonville, where they are shared with
Published: February 17, 2014
TENMILE — A winemaker who landed his sputtering airplane on Interstate 5 in July credits the experience for inspiring his latest creation. Second-generation winemaker Marc Girardet of Girardet Vineyards said Monday that Touchdown Red pays tribute to a miraculous landing. “After sitting around shell shocked for a day, I thought, ‘Let’s approach this from a fun and frivolous angle,’” he
Published: February 11, 2014
Now that winter is winding down and spring is on our doorstep, you may have noticed more ATVs in our local vineyards. Pruning crews are out removing last year’s growth and getting the vines in shape for another fruitful growing season. In the cellar, winemakers are patiently attending to young red wines and putting the final touches on white wines
Published: February 11, 2014
WINSTON — A Winston man was in Douglas County Jail this morning following his arrest on suspicion of murdering a man found dead of a gunshot wound early Saturday morning. Robert Williams, 30, of Winston, was shot and killed around 2:45 a.m. in a trailer in the 30 block of North Main Street, Winston police said. Police arrested Donald Dwight
Published: February 10, 2014
WINSTON — A man was shot and killed Saturday in a trailer in the 30 block of North Main Street, Winston police said. Police identified the victim as Robert Williams, 30, of Winston. An emergency dispatcher received a 911 call at about 2:45 a.m. reporting that a man had been shot. Officers arrived and found an unresponsive man with a
Published: February 8, 2014
In a celebratory mood thanks to votes from their customers and visitors, about 125 people representing 51 businesses and events enjoyed the first News-Review Reader’s Choice Awards Celebration Thursday evening at the Roseburg County Club. The top three placers in many of the 81 categories were recognized and presented with a framed certificate and a rose bouquet. Awards were determined
Published: February 3, 2014
The News-Review and Roseburg Kiwanis will sponsor the 37th annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 12 at Wildlife Safari in Winston. A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through Feb. 10. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at www.nrtoday.com/spellingbee. A link titled “Spelling Bee” also can be found on the right
Published: January 27, 2014
A new year, and Elkton is busy with spring events for everyone. With their new “Elkton Oregon” American Viticulture Area designation, the wineries are bustling. Mike and Vonnie Landt’s River’s Edge Winery (junction of State Highway 38 and River Drive, www.riversedgewinery.com), and Brandborg Winery (345 First Street, www.brandborgwine.com), owned by Sue and Terry Brandborg, are open for tasting and sales
Published: January 27, 2014
Sanna Hern and Scott Hendy ended up with the widest smiles at Thursday evening’s Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce 60th annual Membership Meeting and First Citizens Banquet. Hern was named the 2013 Female First Citizen and Hendy the 2013 Male First Citizen in front of an audience of about 600 people in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Both
Published: January 24, 2014
Sourdough Rising — Cowboy goofball Sourdough Slim and sideman Robert Armstrong play their vaudeville show at 7:30 tonight at First Presbyterian Church, 827 S.E. Lane Ave., Roseburg. The act includes yodeling, jokes, lasso tricks, accordion, banjo and the musical saw. Tickets $15 at the door, $2 off for seniors 65 and older and children younger than 12. Information: 541-957-1751. TAKING
Published: January 24, 2014
When Canyon Creek Bicycles in downtown Roseburg closed in late November, employee Colin Drake wasn’t ready to walk away from the business. The 26-year-old bought the business name from owner Jack Christman, looked for a different location and last week became a small business owner by opening Canyon Creek Bicycles at 1640 N.E. Odell Ave. in Roseburg. Christman has moved
Published: January 20, 2014
WINCHESTER — The Southern Oregon Wine Institute’s initial foray into competition produced gold and silver medals at what’s touted as the largest wine contest in America. The Umpqua Community College-based institute won gold for its 2011 viognier and silver for its 2010 pinot noir at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The winners were announced recently ahead of the competition’s
Published: January 17, 2014
ELKTON — Electric car drivers can now breathe easier driving Highway 38 between Interstate 5 and the Oregon coast. Brandborg Winery in the center of Elkton — nearly midway between Highway 101 and I-5 — recently had a vending-machine-sized device installed in its parking lot, joining a network of electric vehicle charging stations known as the West Coast Electric Highway.
Published: January 7, 2014
Bob Robins joined the rest of the Vintage Singers at rehearsal Sunday night from his combination walker-wheelchair, but was at no disadvantage singing songs he’s sung hundreds of times before. “To spend a lifetime, you have to find something else to do, something you like to do. Just working is not a good lifetime,” said Robins, 86. This weekend, Robins
Published: January 2, 2014
ELKTON — In cooking, as in any venture, taking risks means there will be the occasional misfire. Marty and Dayna Tomaselli don’t have to ponder long to come up with the most memorable dish they’d love to forget. “Our first attempt at Chinese was to cook it and try to hold and save it,” recalled Marty Tomaselli of an experiment
Published: December 31, 2013
GLIDE — After years of sharing her homemade toffee, Donna Holm was encouraged to sell her signature candy. She’s now completing her sixth year of being the owner and operator of Holm Made Toffee Co., a small business that she’s developed in the kitchen of her Glide area home. The 62-year-old said developing the business has been challenging, but increased
Published: December 23, 2013
At it stands, the police proposal to strictly regulate Roseburg secondhand stores should be discarded, though the effort could be salvaged with a more collaborative approach. Roseburg police Lt. Pat Moore has been working for two years on an ordinance that would require thrift shops to record their transactions for police inspection. Police say such a law would prevent secondhand
Published: December 22, 2013
The Roseburg City Council agreed Monday to vacate an alley to help developers of an urban winery. The 18-foot alley runs north and south between Oak and Cass avenues. Giving up the alley will help business partners Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley develop a former car dealership, Hansen Chevrolet, into Umpqua Wine Works in the 600 block of Southeast Stephens
Published: December 17, 2013
Henry Estate Winery hosts an ugly clothes holiday open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Roseburg. Attendees will wear the sweaters and other clothes they wouldn’t be caught dead in during the rest of the year. There will be wine specials, gift baskets and other prizes. Joe Ross and Friends will perform bluegrass
Published: December 10, 2013
Can I make money by growing grapes? Yes. And it seems that growing grapes is a good retirement nest egg for teachers, medical professionals and government workers. A recent article posted on the CNN Money website, money.cnn.com, illustrated this fact by describing the investment strategy of TIAA-CREF. The author stated, “New York-based TIAA-CREF (the initials stand for Teachers Insurance and
Published: December 10, 2013
Delfino Vineyards in Roseburg will open its doors for a Thanksgiving weekend Wine and Music Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30. Two local bands will perform. Two For the Road, featuring local music instructors Debra Gaddis and Jason Heald, will perform Nov. 29. Dylan James will play Nov. 30. The winery is at 3829 Colonial Road
Published: November 26, 2013
One of Douglas County’s better musical outfits is also one of its most disparate. Made up of a choir teacher, a carpenter, a retired lawyer and two young brothers, and with a 44-year age span, a Party of 5 promotional photo looks a little like a picture of a nuclear family plus an uncle. But the members of this group,
Published: November 21, 2013
Delfino Vineyards in Roseburg will open its doors for a Thanksgiving weekend Wine and Music Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30. Two local bands will perform. Two For the Road, featuring local music instructors Debra Gaddis and Jason Heald , will perform Nov. 29. Dylan James will play Nov. 30. The winery is at 3829 Colonial
Published: November 20, 2013
Halloween marked the end of harvest here in Oregon as cold temperatures and the beginning of winter rains put an end to crush activities. As this year’s harvest wines are put safely away in tank or barrel, wineries now look forward to brisk holiday sales as wine lovers stock up on their favorite tipples for holiday celebration. With an eye
Published: November 12, 2013
WINSTON — Steve Johnston wanted to continue making his own beer, but he didn’t want to continue driving to Eugene for home brew equipment or ingredients, especially if he needed something quick. “I found it to be a challenge,” he said. “I figured other people might be in the same position. Something was missing here for the home-brew people.” Johnston
Published: November 11, 2013
Macy’s 24th Annual “Celebration Of Caring” will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the store, 1460 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg The 21 and over event will feature a drawing for a $500 and a $250 Macy’s shopping spree; a 15 percent off total purchase coupon — good through Nov. 17 — door prizes; food and beverages
Published: November 4, 2013
Indians, trappers, trade wagons, stagecoaches, settlers and now electric cars: Elkton will once again be a major travelers’ crossroads with the selection by the Oregon Department of Transportation of Brandborg Winery on Highway 38 as a quick charge station on the growing West Coast Electric Highway. The first phase of the system, stretching from Canada into Mexico, is now nearly
Published: November 4, 2013
WINCHESTER — Wine enthusiasts will soon enjoy reds and whites with a view at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute’s tasting room at Umpqua Community College. The tasting room, in the Lang Center, debuts today and will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through the remainder of the year. The institute plans
Published: November 1, 2013
SUTHERLIN — Seventeen winters ago, Dave Pedotti of the Umpqua Flatheads Car Club walked into a small Italian restaurant looking for a donation for club activities. He ended up with a midlife career change. After asking for a club contribution, “the next thing that came out of my mouth was, ‘This is a cute little restaurant. Are you interested in
Published: October 29, 2013

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